WATCH: Chaos erupts as priest shot with rubber bullets by police

10 October 2016 - 18:12 By TimesLIVE
Father Graham Pugin being escorted back into Holy Trinity Catholic Church on 10 October 2016.
Father Graham Pugin being escorted back into Holy Trinity Catholic Church on 10 October 2016.
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A priest has reportedly been shot with rubber bullets by police during the #FeesMustFall protest at Wits University on Monday.

Father Graham Pugin was apparently injured when police allegedly fired rubber bullets at him at close range.

Just moments earlier he had managed to stop a police nyala armoured personnel carrier from entering the church court yard by blocking the gate with his body.

He raised his hand and the charging nyala stopped.

 

His condition is not immediately known.

The university confirmed the incident but was unable to provide any details.

In defiance of tough protest conditions laid down by the university at the weekend‚ students disrupted classes on Monday morning. At least two students face immediate suspensions under those conditions after being arrested.

Following the disruption of classes, hundreds of students had gathered outside the Great Hall‚ demanding access to Solomon House.


“The students started throwing sizeable rocks that could have maimed or killed people. The police dispersed the crowd using stun grenades‚ teargas and water cannons. Some of the crowd remain outside the Great hall while others have since dispersed into Braamfontein‚” Wits spokesperson Shirona Patel said.

Students then started stoning a bus in Braamfontein then set it alight. Emergency services and firefighters have since extinguished the blaze.

 

 

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